It’s March, and that means it is Maple Sugar and Pancake Breakfast time in Geauga County. The sight of the old-fashioned metal buckets, and now the modern networks of plastic tubing on the Sugar Maple trees, is common everywhere in the County. But in Burton, this is a very special time, especially on Sundays. Burton Square comes alive with the sights and smells of maple sugar being made.
Each Sunday during the month of March, Burton offers four choices for a hearty breakfast, so one can return each week and try something different while supporting worthy causes at the same time. The volunteers working at each site are eager and enthusiastic about serving, and dedicated to helping their cause.
The high school seniors and members of the Interact Club, along with members of the Rotary, serve breakfast at Berkshire High School. The money received here goes for scholarships, plus the senior students earn their hours of community service required for graduation.
The Volunteer Fire Department also serves up a great breakfast, earning money to allow them to continue serving Burton and to save lives, when needed.
The American Legion Hall serves breakfast, too, raising money to help the veterans of Geauga County.
Finally, Century Village hosts breakfast to support the Village itself.
Before or after enjoying breakfast, a walk to the Log Cabin on the Square is in order. They offer tours of the process of making maple sugar from tree sap. You may also purchase maple sugar products, such as syrup and candies. The Friends of the Library hold a book sale at the Burton Library on the Square, which is always enjoyable to browse through and find a good read.
We may never be able to accurately predict if March will come and go like a lion or lamb, but we can always be 100% sure in our prediction about finding a delicious pancake breakfast served up with only the best maple syrup around – real Geauga County maple syrup!